Seek Ye First

Matthew 6:33-34. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

I’ve been reading several different commentators  on this verse.  The concept seems simple at first:  Make your primary focus  God’s kingdom and His glory and righteousness.  Let that be the single thing that holds importance in your life.  When you do, all the things of earthly living will be provided as God meets your needs and satisfies the desire of your heart to live in His Presence.

Here is a quote that is attributed to Clement, Origen, and Eusebius as their preferred translation of Jesus’ words:

 “Ask great things, and little things shall be added unto you; ask heavenly things, and earthly things shall be added unto you.”

From Wesley’s notes: “Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness – Singly aim at this, that God, reigning in your heart, may fill it with the righteousness above described. And indeed whosoever seeks this first, will soon come to seek this only.”

And from Matthew Henry: “There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns His disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This (concern) often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich.

It’s interesting to me that believers who have actually lived this way are so rare that we know them by name down through the annals of history:  The Apostle Paul;the great martyrs of the faith; people like John and Betty Stam,  Jim Eliot and the others who were killed by the Auca Indians in the 1950’s; George Mueller; Mother Theresa.  These are just a few who understood that putting their focus on God and His righteousness would make the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

We have much to learn from them.

2 thoughts on “Seek Ye First

  1. I’ve mentioned to you before how precious this verse is to me. FIRST is the key word. The other stuff, then, is just small potatoes. The verse from Wesley’s notes is outstanding! Thank you for taking the time to share God’s Word.


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